Category Archives: Previews

Video Games Review: OKAMI HD (PS4, Xbox One, 2017) Don’t Brush This Adventure Aside!

Some games are like a fine wine, they age so well. Especially when the original game is already a great one! The longer they’ve been out, the more widespread the fan base grows, the greater the overall feeling of nostalgia envelopes you when you finally return to it after so many long years (look at Jak and Daxter). Some games age beautifully, some do not (Skyrim?), and then there’s those titles that fall neatly in the middle, Okami HD rests on these shoulders. For the most part, it’s pure brilliance and utterly addictive and others, well you can mostly fine tune them out, but after all these years, shouldn’t these have been fixed?... Continue Reading

Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package (PS4, 2017) delivers a sleigh of mixed content

First things first, Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package has a great sense of humour, as you can tell from the title, and its original release on the Xbox One was received well enough that PlayStation fans can now get a piece of the action as well. Continue reading Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package (PS4, 2017) delivers a sleigh of mixed content

Games Review: Gran Turismo Sport (PS4, 2017): A great racing sim, but fails to take first place

Gran Turismo Sport is one of the most interesting racing titles I’ve played in years. This is for many different reasons, some good, and some surprisingly bad. While it has its rough edges, rest assured this is most definitely a great game with a ton of things to love — but dated and bland ideas rear their ugly heads at such inappropriate times, it’s kind of astounding. Continue reading Games Review: Gran Turismo Sport (PS4, 2017): A great racing sim, but fails to take first place

Games Review: South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, 2017) is a hilariously addictive RPG adventure

When you first jump into South Park: The Fractured But Whole, you pick up from where the last game, The Stick of Truth, and the last episode of the TV series (Season 21, Episode 4 “Franchise Prequel”), leave off. The boys have stopped playing a Lord of the Rings style quest and are now building their own “Marvel Cinematic Universe”, playing Superheroes and Villians as the Coon (Cartman), Professor Chaos (Butters), Mysterion (Kenny) and more enter their world of make believe, only to unravel some sort of criminal underworld as things get really, really out of hand. Because this is South Park, and that’s just what ten-year-olds do. Continue reading Games Review: South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, 2017) is a hilariously addictive RPG adventure

Our first impressions from the Star Wars Battlefront II beta

This week we had the chance to explore the open beta version of Star Wars Battlefront II, which featured a limited range of maps and modes to explore, as well as new characters, weapons and a whole lot of loot. Chief among the modes present was the ultra fun Strike Mode, which allowed players to take on the roles of either the First Order or the rebels in their attempt to defend or rescue an ancient artefact. As well as Strike Mode, the beta played host to other challenges, such as the Galactic and Starfighter Assaults and co-op Arcade mode. Here’s a few things that we learned in our time with the game. Continue reading Our first impressions from the Star Wars Battlefront II beta

Hands On: Assassin’s Creed Origins (Xbox One X, 2017) feels like a game ready to try new things

As I write this, Assassin’s Creed Origins releases in exactly one month from today. It is, quite rightly, the subject of a bit of scrutiny from fans and detractors of the series alike. The first title to break with the series’ long running annual release pattern in quite a while, Origins has a lot of questions to answer. Chief among them, did the extra year in development yield the changes in design philosophy fans have been asking for since Unity? From my few hours with the game earlier today, the answer feels like yes. Continue reading Hands On: Assassin’s Creed Origins (Xbox One X, 2017) feels like a game ready to try new things

Games Hands On: Gran Turismo Sport is actually way more enjoyable than I expected

Hot off the heels of a hands on with Forza Motorsport 7, the most visible racing series in recent memory, I went into my preview session with Gran Turismo Sport wondering if the elder statesman of racing games could make an impression given its effusive competition. It did, and what’s more, I realised I’d missed GT a little. Continue reading Games Hands On: Gran Turismo Sport is actually way more enjoyable than I expected

Games Hands On: Long Live Terror-Billy in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Now, more than ever, we need a game like Wolfenstein II – a game that doesn’t shy away from making strong, political statements, that deals respectfully with the ramifications of mental illness and PTSD, but mostly importantly – lets you kill a whole bunch of Nazis. If I wasn’t already excited about the title, what I got to play last week reminded me why it’s one of my most anticipated titles of October. Continue reading Games Hands On: Long Live Terror-Billy in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Video Games Hands On: The Evil Within 2 Explores A World Gone Wrong

I thought I was prepared for The Evil Within 2. “Psychological horror,” I thought, “I can do that.” The moment that the first nightmare broke through a mirror and attempted to chainsaw me to death, I realised just how wrong I was. The playthrough started with series protagonist Sebastian Castellanos making his way through an abandoned building in search of his missing daughter. Of course, being a horror game, each room was dimly lit, featured some delightfully skin-tingling violins, and I had an unsettling feeling that something wasn’t right. Continue reading Video Games Hands On: The Evil Within 2 Explores A World Gone Wrong